N.B. man gets 20 months in prison for child luring

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A North Battleford man was given a 20-month prison sentence for child luring.

Oakley Blackstar, 63, was sentenced in Saskatoon Provincial Court on April 6. Charges of sexual assault and child porn were stayed.

After Blackstar is released from prison he will be on probation for three years. He must also submit a DNA sample.

Blackstar was arrested by the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) in September 2020 after ICE received a complaint about a man enticing a 16-year-old girl from the Saskatoon area through a popular online chat application to engage in sexual activity at a local hotel or other location.

The ICE investigation identified the girl who said a man took her to his hotel room in June and sexually assaulted her. The investigation also revealed that the man was grooming the girl through the exchange of naked pictures after they became online friends. The ICE Unit identified Blackstar as the suspect.

Police located and arrested him in North Battleford. Police seized his cell phone for further forensic analysis.

The Saskatchewan ICE Unit consists of investigators from the RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service, and Prince Albert Police Service. They investigate crimes involving the abuse and/or exploitation of children on the Internet.

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Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist